Saturday, June 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Stamkos loved his 'Snow Day'

Short shift w/D Braydon Coburn

Favorite place in Tampa: We've been to all the parks. As a family, we really enjoy going to the Children's Museum, the zoo and the aquarium. Those are big hits for us.

Best area restaurant: Went to Bern's Steak House. That was a real treat.

Favorite dad activity: Bike rides

How did you meet your wife, Nadine: Just through mutual friends back home (in Calgary).

Best part of being from a small town (Shaunavon, Saskatchewan), other than having street named after you: The freedom. I rode my bike anywhere in town. One side of town to the other was 10 minutes. You always feel safe.

Must-TiVo TV show: Really into Game of Thrones.

Most-viewed website: Catch a lot of news on Yahoo News app.

Prized memorabilia: I have a Yogi Berra signed baseball, got to meet him. We had a team thing at his museum one of my first years in the league. That's pretty cool.

Stamkos' 'Snow Day'

Captain Steven Stamkos has been in his share of commercial and photo shoots.

But Stamkos said nothing compared to his appearance in Nike's new star-studded "Snow Day" spot, airing globally. There were 21 pro athletes — including NFL stars Rob Gronkowski and Ben Roethlisberger, the NBA's Paul George and Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard — in a multimillion-dollar commercial shot over two days in Los Angeles. See it at tampabay.com/lightning.

"It's like the movies," Stamkos said. "Like you see in the movies, except you're part of it. I was in awe being in that atmosphere, getting to meet the other athletes, especially being a global (TV) spot, being Canadian. To get a spot in there is pretty amazing."

The theme is the athletes gathering for a pickup football game during a snowstorm in a neighborhood. In Stamkos' scene, he pops out of a snowbank with a hockey stick in his hand. "My thing was done in probably 20 minutes," Stamkos said. "They did it three times. They buried me under that fake snow. Little crazy under there."

Stamkos said the favorite athlete he got to meet was Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (left), who catches a barbell in the commercial. Stamkos wasn't there on the same day as Gronkowski, whom he ran into a few times when the Patriots tight end had an offseason home in Tampa.

"It's fun. They're all great people," Stamkos said. "Away from their sport, they're all excited to talk about your sport. It's pretty cool to be in that ad, not being as big of a deal in that setting (compared) with those athletes that are there. To be part of it was surreal."

From the fans

QUESTION: For any player: Breaking Bad or Walking Dead?

D Victor Hedman: Neither. Game of Thrones.

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